Alonso 'Aware' Of His 'Unique' Situation Amid Mercedes 2025 Seat Speculations

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by Adam OndrikMonday, 12 February 2024 at 13:00
Updated at Monday, 12 February 2024 at 13:17
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Fernando Alonso discussed his future in Formula 1 after his contract with Aston Martin expires at the end of the 2024 season.
With Lewis Hamilton leaving Mercedes for Ferrari, a special opportunity presented itself to many of the drivers who have contracts with their teams that are valid until the end of the upcoming season.
Mercedes will be searching for a suitable replacement for the seven-time World Champion, and there aren't many drivers on the grid who can offer Mercedes Hamilton's level of experience.
Probably the only driver that could match it is Fernando Alonso, whose contract with Aston Martin expires at the end of the 2024 season. As reported by BBC, he said: "I am aware of my situation, which is unique."
Sources suggest Aston Martin has been more than satisfied with the Spaniard's performances in 2023 and would like him to stay, but no contract extension has been signed so far.
Having waited so long, Aston Martin might now lose their valuable asset to Mercedes. Alonso said he had had "no contact" with the German team for now.
But, it is clear after the end of the 2023 season, during which Alonso showed his qualities, that multiple teams will be interested in the 42-year-old. Asked about his future, he said:

"There are only three world champions on the grid, and fast world champions, because in the past maybe there were some champions who were maybe not so committed to be fast. And I am probably the only one available for 2025. So I am in a good position."

The Spanish Matador hinted he was aware that he had the negotiating power at the moment but also added his first talks would take place with Aston Martin, which was his "priority."

"But at the same time, when I make the decision whether I want to keep racing in the future, the first and only talk I will have in the beginning will be with Aston Martin. That will be my only priority."